Remembrance Service 2016 to highlight the role of Black Servicemen and Women during the First World War

DAY:               Sunday

DATE:              13 November 2016

TIME:                12:00 – 13:30

WHERE:           Wesleyan Holiness Church, Merridale Lane, Wolverhampton WV3 9RD

Contact:           Rev. Cassius Francis on 01902 570 701

 

The Wesleyan Holiness Church Wolverhampton branch is inviting members of the community to join them for a special Remembrance Service on Sunday 13 November at 12:00pm with a particular focus on the role of Black Servicemen and Women from the World Wars.

 

Rev. Cassius Francis, Senior Minister for the church said, “We are looking forward to a time of reflection and thanksgiving for those who were willing to give their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do today. Many of those are Black people who are not usually recognised for the contributions that they made during the conflicts in 1914-18 and 1939-1945, and it is particularly important that at this time of the centenary events focussing on the First World War that those men and women are not forgotten.”

 

The Wesleyan Holiness Church is organising this service as part of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Living Memory Project to encourage the British public to remember the forgotten front; the 300,000 war graves and memorials in Britain from both world wars, in time to mark the centenary of the 141 day Battle of the Somme.

 

The CWGC Living Memory Project aims to encourage community groups to discover, explore and remember their war heritage – with everyone in the UK having at least one war grave three miles from their front door. In the UK alone, there are more than 12,000 sites commemorating men and women from the First and Second World Wars.

 

Carol Pemberton, Black Voices UK who is also assisting with the coordination of the service said, “This is really important in raising awareness of British West India Regiment (BWIR) and Commonwealth troops who served in the First World War. The service will be followed up with a visit to a local CWG with music, shared stories of living BWIR descendants and poetry.”

 

Rev Francis added that, “Rev. Vassil Lemon will be preaching and sharing about James Murphy who was born in Jamaica in a village called St Ann’s Bay, St Ann. He was recruited by Officials of the West India Regiment in August 1939 to be a soldier. After having completed two weeks of training in the army in Canada, the Second World War started. He was about twenty years old when he joined the conflict. We do not know whether he is alive today.”

 

We hope that people will come to the church service and let us know if they would be interested in visiting a local CWG with other members from the congregation.

 

CWGC’s Living Memory Project, part-funded by the government, is working in partnership with community engagement specialists, Big Ideas Company.

 

Any community group interested in the Living Memory project can register now by emailing livingmemory@cwgc.org or visiting www.cwgc.org/livingmemory.

 

For more information please contact: Rev. Cassius Francis on 01902 570 701

Reverend Cassius Francis

 

 

DAY:                Sunday

DATE:              13 November 2016

TIME:               12:00 – 13:30

WHERE:          Wesleyan Holiness Church, Merridale Lane, Wolverhampton WV3 9RD

Contact:           Rev. Cassius Francis on 01902 570 701

 

The Wesleyan Holiness Church Wolverhampton branch is inviting members of the community to join them for a special Remembrance Service on Sunday 13 November at 12:00pm with a particular focus on the role of Black Servicemen and Women from the World Wars.

 

Rev. Cassius Francis, Senior Minister for the church said, “We are looking forward to a time of reflection and thanksgiving for those who were willing to give their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do today. Many of those are Black people who are not usually recognised for the contributions that they made during the conflicts in 1914-18 and 1939-1945, and it is particularly important that at this time of the centenary events focussing on the First World War that those men and women are not forgotten.”

 

The Wesleyan Holiness Church is organising this service as part of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Living Memory Project to encourage the British public to remember the forgotten front; the 300,000 war graves and memorials in Britain from both world wars, in time to mark the centenary of the 141 day Battle of the Somme.

 

The CWGC Living Memory Project aims to encourage community groups to discover, explore and remember their war heritage – with everyone in the UK having at least one war grave three miles from their front door. In the UK alone, there are more than 12,000 sites commemorating men and women from the First and Second World Wars.

 

Carol Pemberton, Black Voices UK who is also assisting with the coordination of the service said, “This is really important in raising awareness of British West India Regiment (BWIR) and Commonwealth troops who served in the First World War. The service will be followed up with a visit to a local CWG with music, shared stories of living BWIR descendants and poetry.”

 

Rev Francis added that, “Rev. Vassil Lemon will be preaching and sharing about James Murphy who was born in Jamaica in a village called St Ann’s Bay, St Ann. He was recruited by Officials of the West India Regiment in August 1939 to be a soldier. After having completed two weeks of training in the army in Canada, the Second World War started. He was about twenty years old when he joined the conflict. We do not know whether he is alive today.”

 

We hope that people will come to the church service and let us know if they would be interested in visiting a local CWG with other members from the congregation.

 

CWGC’s Living Memory Project, part-funded by the government, is working in partnership with community engagement specialists, Big Ideas Company.

 

Any community group interested in the Living Memory project can register now by emailing livingmemory@cwgc.org or visiting www.cwgc.org/livingmemory.

 

For more information please contact: Rev. Cassius Francis on 01902 570 701

Reverend Cassius Francis

 

 

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